Professor Upton takes up the role from Monday, February 2, and is confident he will steer the Wrexham-based institution to a position of financial stability, building on the foundations laid by outgoing Vice-Chancellor, Professor Michael Scott.
Glyndŵr University has faced problems in recent months as well undergoing an operational and academic restructure, but Professor Upton is relishing the task ahead.
“I look forward to working with the staff, students, governors and our external partners to find solutions to the issues the University has recently encountered,” he said.
Wrexham MP Ian Lucas has called on Ministers to meet with him to ensure the town is included in broadcasts by a new television station covering North Wales.
Mr Lucas, along with other North Wales MPs, met television company Bay TV and OFCOM last year to discuss the launch of the channel – which will broadcast to towns and villages across North Wales. Currently, for technical reasons, the station’s licence will not cover Wrexham – but after meeting with Bay TV, Mr Lucas was told that – subject to some small changes being made – Wrexham could also receive the service.
After raising the matter yesterday, Mr Lucas is now to arrange a meeting with Ministers to put the case for Wrexham’s inclusion.
Glyndŵr University is to host what has been described as ‘the best denominational collection of modern art outside the Vatican’.
For ten weeks between January 19 and March 26 forty works from the collection will be on display across two venues; Wrexham Methodist Church in Regent Street and Oriel Sycharth at the University.
“I first came across the Methodist Collection of Modern Art when I stumbled into a tent at the Greenbelt Festival. I could not believe that the Methodist Church – my Church – had such a wonderful collection. I was so overwhelmed that I wept,” said Rev Richard Sharples, Minister at the town centre Methodist Church.
The collection is one of the best kept secrets of the Methodist Church. It was the initiative, in the early 1960s, of a Methodist layman, Dr John Morel Gibbs of Penarth, just outside Cardiff.
He was very conscious that within the Methodist Church and indeed within Non-Conformist Churches in general there was little appreciation of the insights that contemporary artists could bring to the Christian story.
Today the collection comprises 50 works including works by Patrick Heron, Graham Sutherland, Eric Gill and Ceri Richards, and is regularly exhibited across the UK.
Members of the arts community will be able to attend free talks and events at Creative Futures, organised by Glyndŵr University, in March 2015.
The four-day careers, enterprise and employability conference has brought more than 200 media professionals to North Wales and helped over 2,000 students gain valuable career advice since launching in 2009.
It is being expanded this year to support young arts professionals and new arts organisations, as well as students, following a grant from the Arts Council of Wales (ACW).
More than 40 presentations, seminars and workshops on everything from freelancing to building creative portfolios will be held at venues across Wrexham from Monday 2 to Thursday 5 March 2015.
Full details of the programme and information on how to book places will be available from mid- February.